Category Archives: Hands

A big hand for handcreams

I use hand cream almost every day, so I thought it would be good to let you know which have made my top 6 in the year 2015…

beautyspotlaiafarrangravesEOS (Evolution of Smooth) (£8.00) has a very feminine and fun new collection, with lovely modern packaging. I tried their Berry Blossom Hand Lotion and was pleasantly surprised – it contained a deeply moisturizing, very soothing light cream with a fabulous, fresh fragrance. Perfectly portable with an ultra cool design. It also comes in Cucumber (light green) and Fresh Flowers scents (turquoise).

laiafarrangravesblogL’Occitane – Rose 4 Reines velvet hand cream (£8.00, 30ml)
A true classic, this aptly-named velvet hand cream is fabulous! With organic ingredients, a beautiful rose scent and a very light texture, it’s extremely effective in protecting your hands. The epitome of timeless femininity comes in a handy 30 ml tube, perfect for carrying in your handbag.


laiafarrangravesThe Body Shop – Amande crème mains & ongles / Almond Hand & Nail Cream (£5.00)
Actively protects against dehydration, and is excellent for softening your cuticles and conditioning your nails, too. The natural oils it contains strengthen and nourish. It has a lovely texture and absorbs quickly, with a sweet, almond scent. My hands feel really soft after using this. Perfect size, too!



laiafarrangravesEndless Glove Dry Hand Cream 2 in 1 (£6.00) is a moisture mask and hand cream formulated with macadamia and grapeseed oils, pomegranate & shea butters. With its pleasant scent and texture, it lays down a velvety smooth moisture barrier that works for 12 hours after you apply it, and comes in the perfect purse-friendly size, with the usual quirky and fun Soap & Glory packaging.






laiafarrangravesThe wonderful people at Burt’s Bees bring us their special Beeswax hand cream and Hand salve (£10.99). Both come in small circular packages, one glass and the other a small metal tin. They also have a Lemon butter cuticle cream which softens cuticles fast and effectively, leaving a pleasant scent behind. The beeswax hand cream is very thick, with a strong, waxy scent which evaporates quickly – and you’re left with the softest hands imaginable. The hand salve is invigorating and slightly minty, perfect for preventing chapping in the big outdoors, or after some gardening. You can pop all of these in your handbag – the tins are particularly light.

laiafarrangravesNorwegian formula hand creams  (from £2.79) A classic! These hand creams from Neutrogena come in various versions now: fast absorbing, hand and nail, berry and anti-ageing. The slightly heavy formula is quickly absorbed and protects hands in the toughest of conditions, leaving your hands baby soft.



No time to beautify? We’ve got it covered

beautyspotblog1-26 at 15.03.53So you want to look good, and you’re desperate for a manicure or pedicure but there aren’t enough hours in the day –  and you don’t really want to go in your lunch break because you can’t relax…so why not get them to come to you?
I did exactly that a few weeks ago and it was genius. I wanted to catch up with a friend and also get some beauty treatments done, so we called CitySwish and booked them to come to us (killing two birds with one stone so to speak). One of the main benefits they offer, is that it’s all done online: you book your treatment, your time and date of choice and you pay. Done. The other thing that was great about CitySwish, was how flexible our therapist was – as it was two of us, in essence she said we could use up our time fluidly, so we felt very relaxed, which in turn enhanced our experience. We were treated by Francesca, who arrived promptly with all her stuff (from towels to nail varnishes and a massage bed!), and after a short introduction started with the first treatments: a pedicure for me and a manicure for my friend (who had amazing navy nails done!). laiafarrangravesIt was very professional and we were both very happy with the results. Then, as a complete treat, we both had a short massage which I have to say was FANTASTIC. Francesca placed some hot water with essential oils underneath the massage bed below the head before starting, which was a wonderfully relaxing touch and proceeded to do such a good job that I stopped talking 😉 Once she completed all the treatments, she tool all her bits and pieces and left, leaving us feeling blissfully beautified.
I’m sure the experience would’ve been just as enjoyable had I been on my own, but having a shared experience with a girlfriend made it that more fun. You need to live in London’s zones 1-3 for them to come to your house, but if this is the case, check them out. You won’t regret it!

For more information go to Their prices are:
Beauty: £45 per hour
Massage: £60 per hour
Massage & beauty: £55 per hour

Zingie hands

Laiafarrangraves_beautyspotWashing one’s hands is essential wherever you are, but especially in a big city like London –  I dread to think how many germs we are exposed to every time we travel on public transport! And like everything in life, when we pay a little extra care we can turn a chore into something we actually look forward to doing. I always choose my hand soap very carefully, considering every aspect of the product– especially its scent. I like to go for either fresh, clean and timeless smells or fragrances that remind me of happy times like this gorgeous range from Treacle Moon called Those lemonade days. I tried the gentle hand wash from the collection and absolutely loved it! It’s foamy and nourishing on the hands, and smells of lemon sherbet or fresh lemonade (you will be seriously tempted to to taste it!)  It’s not overpowering but you will notice your hands smell lovely after having washed them. The soap feels soft, gentle and very nourishing. I keep it by the kitchen sink and my hands have never been cleaner…

For more information go to  Treacle Those Lemonade Days Gentle Hand Wash is prices at £2.52 and is also available at

Now wash your hands!

Washing your hands has never been so much fun. The new hand wash from Blend  Collective in their enlivening range is spectacular: it contains Sicilian Lemon, May Chang, Myrtle and Lime essential oils, selected for their particurlarly invigorating, refreshing an revitalising properties. Blend Collective has three different ranges, each created by a different blender. The enlivening range is devised by Alec Lawless, a trained Jungian psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience in the perfume industry, who really understands the art of producing delicate and complex fragrances that evoke personal memories and emotions.
The hand soap is gorgeous and smells beautiful and lemon- rich (it personally takes me back to summer holidays), and the packaging is also fabulous. It’s a generous looking dispenser that will look great in any bathroom or kitchen.  I love the subtle scent it leaves on your hands, as it’s not overpowering but makes you feel fresh and clean. I definitely recommend it for yourself – or I also think it would make a wonderful gift.

Brand story
A team of leading aromatherapy and perfume experts from the UK have combined their expertise to produce BLEND collective – an exceptional range of truly natural body care. Every product is between 99% to 100% natural with a carefully considered blend of delicate essential oils and other powerful natural ingredients, designed to nourish and nurture body and mind.

The Enlivening Collection – an invigorating combination of Sicilian Lemon, May Chang, Myrtle and Lime that give an energising lift.

The Balancing Collection – a gentle collaboration of Star Jasmine, Geranium, Vetiver and Rose to restore equilibrium to body and mind.

The Unwinding Collection – a calming mix of Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood and Neroli to help you relax.

Hand wash price: £13.95
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